Mr George Wardle: Both the Amendments on the Paper are purely drafting Amendments, their object being to ensure that the intentions of the measure are carried out. Where a trade union has been paying unemployment benefit on the smaller scale, 7s., it has had to provide one-third of the amount. But if the benefit is raised to 11s. it will have to provide more than the 2s. 4d., and the object of this is to make...
Mr George Wardle: Since the beginning of October my Department has been in touch with the parties to the dispute, which I understand is connected with the discharge of certain workpeople, but it has not been found practicable to bring about a settlement. It does not appear that the case is one in which farther action can usefully be taken.
Mr George Wardle: A full inquiry has already been made
Mr George Wardle: I have been asked to reply to this question. As I stated yesterday in reply to the hon. Member for Lincoln, it is hoped to introduce a Bill dealing with this subject very shortly. It is not possible to say what period is likely to elapse before the scheme comes into operation, since this must depend on the nature of the scheme as finally adopted and the date of its adoption.
Mr George Wardle: I think they have a very definite idea of how long it will be, because the Bill is now being prepared.
Mr George Wardle: I think so!
Mr George Wardle: Before!
Mr George Wardle: I beg to move, "That the Bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House."
Mr George Wardle: I have been asked to reply to this question. As I have already informed hon. Members in reply to previous questions, steps have been taken to expedite the notification of decisions by the Military Service (Civil Liabilities) Department. These steps are already producing satisfactory results. I will consider the suggestion made by the hon. and gallant Member in the latter part of the question.
Mr George Wardle: I am circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT a list of the principal trades in which inquiries have recently been, or are being, made with a view to the application of the Trade Boards Acts.
Mr George Wardle: As my Noble Friend is aware, the Trade Boards Acts already apply to the finishing of machine-made lace and net. Inquiries, which have now reached an advanced stage, have been instituted in the lace, net, and curtain making trade, with a view to ascertaining whether the conditions prevailing in the trade or in any branch thereof render the application of the Trade Boards Acts desirable.
Mr George Wardle: The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The number of ex-officers who have been placed in temporary Government employment by the Appointments Department of the Ministry of Labour up to 14th November was 1,905. Appointments to permanent posts in the Civil Service rest, as the hon. Member is no doubt aware, with the Civil Service Commissioners.
Mr George Wardle: No, Sir; I cannot encourage any hope that all the temporary Exchange clerks of the types referred to will be made permanent. I may say, however, that all new permanent posts on the male establishment of the Employment Exchanges are to be filled for the time being by ex-Service men.
Mr George Wardle: I understand that the employers have informed the trade unions concerned that any alterations in wages, and also the adjustment of future working conditions, shall be the subject of discussion after resumption of work takes place. I understand that the Associated Ironmoulders of Scotland have meanwhile withdrawn their notices to cease, work, which would, in the ordinary course, have expired...
Mr George Wardle: My information in regard to the Scottish moulders is that they are not ceasing work to-day, but that they have postponed action so far as they are concerned. If my right hon. Friend's information is correct with regard to another offer of a meeting, I will inquire into it, and see whether anything can be done.
Mr George Wardle: With the exception of about 600 or 700 workpeople, the linen trade; operatives in the North of Ireland whose donation was stopped on 24th November were not out of a situation, but were working short time. In these circumstances I do not consider that it would be justifiable to give them further assistance out of public funds.
Mr George Wardle: That is a question I cannot answer.
Mr George Wardle: That question must be put to the appropriate Department.
Mr George Wardle: I have been asked to reply to this question. I cannot at present add anything to the answer given on 11th November by the Leader of the House to the hon. Member for the Rother Valley Division of York.
Mr George Wardle: His Majesty's Government is getting a good example.